It would not be a gross exaggeration to say that the movies of Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC Extended Universe have been divisive so far. Starting with 2013’s Man of Steel and continuing through to this year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, the film have been a bust among many critics while at the same time pleasing others and earning some fiercely loyal fans in the process.
One movie that had been largely immune from negativity, though, was Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot. The San Diego Comic-Con trailer for the movie was well-received by fans and became the most discussed Comic-Con trailer on Twitter, giving hope that there might finally be a DCEU movie that critics and fans alike could get behind. Nothing lasts forever, though, and a recent open letter allegedly written by a former WB employee blasts both the movie and the studio making it and claims that “People inside are already confirming [Wonder Woman is] another mess.”
Jenkins herself took to Twitter to refute the claims and dismiss the letter as fiction. Variety has rounded up her tweets, which are edited together below:
“Woah, just saw this press about WW having problems. Are they serious? This is some made up bs right here. Made up! Produce a source, anyone. You can’t because it’s entirely false. Don’t believe the hype people. Someone’s trying to spread some serious misinfo. Isn’t until you are intimately involved in these things that you realize how totally false these rumors can. Let me reassure you… Zero about the movie we are making has been called a mess by anyone in the know. Fact. Real lasso of truth, time, will reveal that letter to be false soon enough. But lame something so transparent in its agenda gets traction.”
It’s easy to see how the debate over the open letter will play out online. Some DCEU fans will decry it as another effort to unfairly smear these comic book movies, while some of those who have been unimpressed by the DCEU so far will see it as further evidence that WB just isn’t capable of putting out superhero films with the level of quality that Disney/Marvel Studios has. It is an unfortunate byproduct of the pre-release hype cycle that the more a studio ramps up the marketing for a movie, the more heated the debate about it gets online.
For her part, Jenkins has also defended Suicide Squad, which may not sit well with those hoping that her take on Wonder Woman will be a far cry from the latter. Of course, a strong trailer does not necessarily indicate a strong movie, and many will be looking to early reactions to Wonder Woman to decide if it’s worth their hard-earned money. It’s way too early to make a fair judgement of the film either way, though, and there is plenty of room for optimism that it will live up to its early potential.
Suicide Squad is in theaters now. Wonder Woman opens on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, the Batman solo movie and Man of Steel 2 are currently without release dates.